How to celebrate 4th of July in Riverside

By Ethan Vo |

This Tuesday is the nation’s 247th birthday. July 4th marks the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The document that was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, declared freedom and independence from the British monarch King George III. Most notably signed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Samuel Adams, the declaration was approved by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, and was officially adopted two days later, and was marked by ringing the Liberty Bell at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

So, in the spirit of patriotism, here are the ways you can celebrate the United States turning 247 in Riverside:

Front Row Fireworks:

Here is the best way to watch the City of Riverside’s firework show on the 4th. The event is from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery. It is open to all ages, with general admission being $10 and $5 for kids aged 3-12. Also, any active members of the military and children aged 2 years and younger get in for free! The band “Ransom” will be there playing songs from all over the 70s, 80s, and 90s. There will also be face painting, bounce houses, a Kid’s Fun Zone, guided tours, scavenger hunts, and food vendors, along with “Chris Cross Magic” Balloon Man. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy the fireworks show. You can buy tickets here. All proceeds will benefit the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery.

Fourth of July Spectacular

This is the official City of Riverside firework show for the Fourth of July. The event is hosted by The City Of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Fireworks will happen at two separate places, La Sierra Park (5215 La Sierra Ave.) and Mt. Rubidoux (4706 Mt. Rubidoux St.). The fireworks start at 9:00 PM, and all are encouraged to bring their own blankets and refreshments.

Calvary Presbyterian Church 4th of July Festival

Come out to the Calvary Presbyterian Church to celebrate the 4 of July with their 4 of July Festival. There will be food trucks, games, face painting, music, and an awesome view of the fireworks on Mt. Rubidoux. The gates of the festival open at 6:30 PM and everything is free (except for the food trucks). You are encouraged to bring your own chairs and water. However, there is no alcohol or pets allowed. When arriving, park in the front lot and walk through the archway. Everyone is welcome to this event.

Concert for Heroes

Show your support for over 300,000 Veterans and family members interred at the Riverside National Cemetery and celebrate Independence Day at this exclusive concert event on Monday, July 3. Unique to Riverside, this is the only one to take place at a National Cemetery. Here, celebrations will include the Riverside Philharmonic and an intimate fireworks display.